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Krogen places second in 'Keep North Dakota Clean' poster contest

Elizabeth Krogen, West Fargo, holds up her second-place winning poster for the "Keep North Dakota Clean" contest.

Westside Elementary second grader Elizabeth Krogen recently proved how developed her artistic abilities are by winning an award.

Krogen took second place in the state in her grade level during the "Keep North Dakota Clean" poster contest in March. She placed first in her Westside Elementary class, taught by Mrs. Jenna Farkas, to advance to the state level.

"She loves art," Elizabeth's mother, Brenda, said. "She is very creative."

Upon advancing to the state finals, Elizabeth and her family were invited to Fort Mandan in April for the awards presentation.

The annual "Keep North Dakota Clean" poster contest is held by Keep North Dakota Clean, Inc. Students in first through eight grade send in entries from across the state. Each grade level is required to make a poster that could reproduce well as a billboard advertisement. First-place winners then are selected to have their posters created into billboards near their hometowns.

This year, Elizabeth Krogen was required to make a poster in line with the second-grade theme of wildfire prevention, which was sponsored by the North Dakota Fire Service-Fire Prevention Program and North Dakota State Garden Clubs. Other grade categories included everything from recycling to energy use.

Elizabeth's parents are Brenda and Dean Krogen of West Fargo.